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York to rely on free-will offering

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15 March 2013

by a staff reporter

PHOTOS DIOCESE OF YORK

Time anew: the Archbishop of York set the same time on the newly restored gatehouse clock, at Bishop­thorpe, on Saturday, as was first set by Archbishop Cosmo Lang, in March 1913. The clock had fallen into disrepair

Time anew: the Archbishop of York set the same time on the newly restored gatehouse clock, at Bishop­thorpe, on Saturday, as was first set by Archbi...

THE diocese of York is to ask parishes to make a "free-will offering" to its Common Fund rather than than demand a set sum.

York joins Bristol, Carlisle, Durham, Gloucester, Leicester, and London dioceses, which have already moved away from the traditional method of raising their parish share.

 

Consultations on the changes were held throughout the diocese in 2010, and the response was "really positive", the diocese said. "The parish-share system is not broken, but it is showing signs of strain. Changing the way parishes give to the Common Fund now means that we can seize the initiative and focus on growth and mission.

"We're confident that our churches will give generously . . . .The representatives from parishes and deaneries were really positive about the idea of giving generously rather than being told how much to give."

If the amount raised falls below the amount needed, then dioceses have to fall back on reserves, where they exist.

 

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